***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Alex We pursued something similar in our attempt to create a model that matches leaders identifed as receiving the most nominations and matching them to their nearest peers for implementation of behavior change programs. Valente, T. W., & Davis, R. L. (1999). Accelerating the diffusion of innovations using opinion leaders. The Annals of the American Academy of the Political and Social Sciences, 566, 55-67. You might also consult Borgatti's Key Player paper and software: Borgatti, S. (2006). Identifying key players in a social network. Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory <http://www.nap.edu/books/0309089522/html/>, 12, 21-34. - Tom Alexander Nikolaev wrote: >***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > >Dear SOCNET members, > >I am new to this area of research, and have a very general question. As I >understand, social network science currently focuses on describing communications in >various environments via mathematical modeling (e.g., writing mathematical >expressions to describe communication mechanisms, proposing regression-like models, >estimating coefficients for such models using the often-mentioned SIENA, etc.). I'd >like to know if any effort has been put forth to create methodologies for >optimization on social networks, with a goal of developing provably convergent >algorithms that find the best strategies for influencing networks in order to >achieve some pre-specified goal, GIVEN a model. Any advice/references would be much >appreciated. > >Thank you. > >Sincerely, >Alex Nikolaev. > >Ph.D., >Adjunct Assistant Professor, >Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, >Northwestern University. > >_____________________________________________________________________ >SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social >network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send >an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line >UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message. > > > > -- Thomas W. Valente, PhD Director, Master of Public Health Program http://www.usc.edu/medicine/mph/ Department of Preventive Medicine Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California 1000 S. Fremont Ave., Unit #8 Building A Room 5110 Alhambra CA 91803 phone: (626) 457-4139 cell: (626) 429-4123 fax: (626) 457-6699 email: [log in to unmask] Social Networks and Health: Models, Methods, and Applications: http://www.oup.com/us (promo code: 28569) My personal webpage: http://www-hsc.usc.edu/~tvalente/ The Empirical Networks Project http://ipr1.hsc.usc.edu/networks/ Evaluating Health Promotion Programs (Oxford U. Press): www.oup-usa.org/isbn/0195141768.html _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.